University of the Fraser Valley

Founded 1974 | Abbotsford, BC

Fraser Valley offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.

The University of the Fraser Valley offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as trades and vocational programs, at its six campuses and centres. Students enjoy small class sizes and can choose full-time, part-time or online studies in a structured or flexible program tailored to their needs. UFV is also offering more experiential and career-focused learning opportunities.

“UFV’s vision is to be a gathering place for learners, leaders and seekers,” says president Joanne MacLean. “We work collectively to provide students with access to expert faculty and a learning environment focused on their success and aspirations, and the future prosperity of the communities we serve.”

The Abbotsford campus is home to the student residence, fitness centre, main library and student union building. The Chilliwack campus focuses on health sciences, agriculture, trades and technology. This campus features an Aboriginal gathering place, part of UFV’s commitment to Indigenization in its curriculum, special programs and events. UFV has a thriving international education department and offers co-op education options in 18 subject areas. The school is also known for offering challenging research opportunities at the undergraduate level. UFV combines its theatre and visual arts departments within the School of Creative Arts to help foster interdisciplinary and collaborative learning opportunities. SoCA programs feature applied, hands-on and work-integrated learning.

Standout Programs

• Global Development Studies: This interdisciplinary program covers the history and theory of development processes, as well as analyzing current global practices; includes international internships.

• Social Work: The program prepares students to work in diverse environments and cultural surroundings. A practicum provides work experience and access to industry contacts.

• Environmental Studies: Courses cover problem-solving, human-environment relationships, and resource scarcity and allocation. A regional focus addresses local environmental needs.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 72% | Science: 70% | Business: 70% | Engineering: 73%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,106 | Part-time: 2,225

Graduates: Full-time: 29 | Part-time: 46

International Students: First-year: 17.4%

Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 201 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Single room: $6,339

Single room with meals: $8,339 to $10,339

Cool Courses

• Culture and Theory of the City: Topics include the influence of migration, ethnicity and globalization on cities.

• Natural Hazards and Hollywood: The course examines the evolution and management of natural disasters, as well as how these events are depicted in film.

Student Life on Campus

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